OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY
BIB 408.01 1 & 2 Corinthians (3 credit hours)

At Ohio Valley University, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community
that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.

Class days/times: TTh 2:45-4:00 pm
Location: East Annex, Room #15
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: East Annex, Room 201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
M 10:00-11:00am; 1:15-3:15pm
T  10:00-11:00am; 2:10-2:40pm
W 10:00-11:00am; 1:15-3:15pm
Th 10:00-11:00am; 2:10-2:40pm
F  10:00-11:00am

I. Textbooks:

II. Course Description:

BIB 408 1-2 Corinthians (3 credits) A general study of Corinthian correspondence focused on practical applications, moral choices, healthy church dynamics and relationships, and authenticity. A textual studies course. Prerequisite: Bible major or permission of the instructor. Offered spring. Students cannot take both BIB 308 and BIB 408.

This course will focus on the introduction, background, text, and discourse structure of the first and second letters of Paul to the Corinthians. Emphasis will be on the conflict between Christ and the culture, especially as applied to Christo-pagan tendencies in missionary situations. Special attention will be given to Paul's view of his own ministry as a church planter. Focus will be on the use of primary source material in understanding the Bible, especially the text of the Bible itself. As a sidelight, the use of the text of the Corinthian letters as they apply to current controversies will be considered.

III. Rationale:

This course addresses the following objectives of the Bible program:

Objectives For Every Student

Provide students with a more in-depth study of the scriptures than what is gained in introductory studies and/or with training in Christian life and ministry

Objectives For Majors

Provide students with a more in-depth study of New Testament books
Provide students with training in how to study the Bible for themselves

IV. Integrating Faith and Learning:

Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (ESV).  Consequently, this class will use biblical texts and references to texts to help the student grow in faith.  But simply hearing is not enough.  Jesus told those who believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32 ESV).  So it is necessary to keep doing what we learn.  In light of this, this course will also contain references to application of principles learned.  One of the objectives is a faith objective.  It will not be assessed for a grade, but life is such that it will be assessed, one way or another.  My prayer is that you will pass that test of life.

V. Course Objectives and National Standards:

  1. 1. To provide the student with an in-depth study of the text of the books of I and II Corinthians.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible, with a focus on the use of primary source material
  3. To study introductory material to the books of I and II Corinthians.
  4. To help the student come face to face in the scripture with the early Christians' experiences in following Jesus, thus providing a faith building experience for the student.

There are no national standards for undergraduate study of the Bible.  At OVU, we emphasize the biblical text and its application in our lives.

VI. School of Biblical Studies Mission Statement:

At the School of Biblical Studies, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community by encouraging biblical faith to produce life-long truth-seekers who serve God in His kingdom throughout the world.

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on homework and tests assigned by the teacher and on the student's ability to do relevant research on his or her own in papers described below. Academic abilities assessed include reading with understanding skills as evidenced by a book introduction, homework, and classroom discussion; writing skills as evidenced by four typed papers; literary research skills as evidence by an research paper; geographical skills as evidenced by a map; creativity as evidenced by a lesson; and memory organization and retention as evidenced by major exams.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), two two-page introductions to I and II Corinthians, a 2-point extra credit map of Paul's journeys between Asia and Corinth, a typed six to ten-page exegesis with proper documentation, a three-page lesson based on the Corinthian letters, attendance, and pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework.

The extra credit papers may be either handwritten or typed; the introductions, lesson, and exegesis should be typed. One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name or page numbers) with 1" margins, or one handwritten page on narrow rule paper, or one and a quarter handwritten pages on wide rule paper (handwritten pages have no right margin, are complete to the bottom, and skip no lines). The typed papers should be written using the Turabian style guide.

The introductions must be at least two full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required). A minimum of two sources is required. An introduction should include such items as information on the author, the audience, the date of composition, the background to the letter, relevant culture and geographical information, main ideas, and structure of the book.

The exegesis must be at least six full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required with at least seven entries from print sources; any internet sources should be from academic sites or pages that have previously appeared in print). The exegesis should be on a passage of your choice from either I or II Corinthians. Please consult with me regarding your choice of a passage at least three weeks before the paper is due.

The lesson must be at least three full pages in length, based primarily on the Corinthian correspondence.

Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbook or the Bible. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class may be dismissed if there are classroom conflicts during Lectureship week April 6-9. In such a case, students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class or lecture for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report or notes on the class or lecture attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect; up to five such absences will not count against the student's grade if the student has no unexcused absences. Two grace days will be given to all students to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late. Late reading reports will be accepted for only half credit, since the readings will be discussed in class. Reports which are both late and short will be accepted only for quarter credit. Reading reports that are more than three weeks late will only be accepted for quarter credit. Reading reports that are more than six weeks late will only be accepted for one-tenth credit. The typed introductions and lesson turned in late will dock the paper grade by one-half letter (5%) per class period late.

No paper will be accepted that is more than two weeks late. A paper that is more than one week late may not be rewritten, except in unusual circumstances. A paper must be at least 75% of assigned length in order to be rewritten. The grade on a paper which is rewritten may be increased on content, length, and mechanical errors. Any rewrite should be turned in within two or three weeks of receiving the original graded paper back. All rewrites should be turned in with the original graded paper. No grade will be given to a paper which contains enough mechanical errors to dock the score by a letter grade (i.e., 40 mechanical errors). It will be turned back without a score and the rewrite counted as late. Be sure to proofread and spell check!

Students who are absent on exam days with good reason may schedule a make-up exam within the next week. You must ask to take a make-up exam. If a student misses an exam without good reason and is allowed to take the make-up exam, the grade on that exam will be docked by one letter grade (10 points). There is no guarantee that such a student will be allowed to make up any exam.

Students who score less than a 70 on a major exam may petition to retake the exam within a week after grades are returned on it. The highest grade on any retake exam will be 70. Once again, you must ask to retake an exam. There will be no retakes on the final exam. Study hard for it.

Class handouts and homework can be found on the Internet at: "http://bible.ovc.edu/terry/1cor/". A similar web site for II Corinthians can be found at "http://bible.ovc.edu/terry/2cor/". Homework may be printed out, done early, and turned in up to a week before the due date if the student knows of an absence that is coming up. Late homework is accepted for only half credit.

Bible Map

Draw or trace a map or maps of the second and third missionary journeys of Paul in Asia and Greece and Paul's painful visit to Corinth from Ephesus, showing at least the following: the major bodies of water, all the cities mentioned in the Bible as being visited by Paul, the Roman provinces in which he preached the gospel. The journeys may be presented on one or two maps. Please limit your map size and substance to 8½" x 11" paper. Extra credit may be given for neatness, detail, and good use of color.

N.B. In lieu of drawing or tracing, it is acceptable to photocopy an outline map of the region and fill it in with the above; however, it is not acceptable to photocopy a map which has any of the above marked on it. You must fill it in. An outline map is available at: http://bterry.com/maps/romaneml.gif

Definition of a Credit Hour

In 2011, the US Department of Education and OVU's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, established requirements regarding how much time is required to be spent on a course for each credit hour earned. As a result, all colleges and universities have been required to establish policies that adhere to this definition. In keeping with this requirement, OVU expects you to spend a minimum of two hours outside of class doing course work (reading, doing homework, writing papers, reviewing for tests, etc.) for each hour you spend in the classroom. Because this is a 3-credit hour course, you should expect to spend a minimum of 6 hours each week outside the classroom doing work for it.

VIII. Grading System:

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

                        Introduction to I Corinthians          4%
                        Introduction to II Corinthians         4%
                        Six-page Exegesis                     12%
                        Three-page Lesson                      5%
                        Attendance                            10%
                        Pop Quizzes/Homework                  15%
                        Major Tests                           30%
                        Final Exam                            20%

Only in the area of the Map will any extra credit be allowed to exceed these percentages. Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60.

IX. Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley University expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another's work as one's own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards, as is falsifying records such as those kept for field experiences, practica, internships, etc.. Students who engage in these behaviors in a course in which they are enrolled will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, being placed on restricted status (i.e., the student will not be allowed to participate in on-campus activities, including intramurals, and may not represent Ohio Valley University in public events, including athletic competitions, performances, and presentations), or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. Students who engage in these behaviors when they are unrelated to a course in which they are enrolled will also face appropriate consequences, which could include being placed on restricted status or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. If a student believes he or she has been falsely accused of academic dishonesty, or if the student believes the consequences of an incident of academic dishonesty are unjust, the student may ask that the situation be reviewed. To ask for a review, the student should give to the Vice President for Academic Affairs written notice of the appeal and the reasons for it within 48 hours of being informed of the consequences of the alleged incident; detailed instructions about the appeal procedure are available in the catalog or from the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVU is expulsion from the University.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

Professional Dress

Students should dress modestly regardless of the type of clothes that they choose, and be aware that first impressions count and are often dictated by clothing choices. Specifically, members of the University community should avoid clothing that is revealing and/or features offensive slogans, language, or advertisements. Examples of revealing clothing include but are not limited to: midriffs or halters, mesh or netted shirts, tube tops, low cut blouses, short skirts and shorts exposing the upper thigh. Very tight clothing should be avoided. Examples of offensive slogans, language or advertisements include but are not limited to: curse words, sexually suggestive language or gestures, and references to alcohol or drugs.

Electronic Devices

Please turn cell phones OFF or ON SILENT before entering class. You may place your cell phone on your desk as a clock; otherwise, keep it put away. The use of cell phones, computers, and tablets for texting, calling, emailing, googling, checking the internet, tweeting, using facebook, and/or playing games is not permitted; such is distracting both to the students doing such and the students around them. Please put these electronic devices away. Do not use your device out of sight under the desk. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. Cell phone or tablet use for voice, text, or data during a test will result in failure of that test!

X. Policy for Attendance and Tardies:

OVU Catalog:

Regular class attendance is most important. Instructors are responsible for recording and reporting attendance in each of their classes. Attendance at 75% of the scheduled class meeting is required to receive credit for a given course; in other words, if a student misses 25% or more class sessions including both excused and unexcused absences, the student will fail the course.

Course Policy:

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence. Tardies that exceed 5 minutes are counted as factional absences.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were hospitalized, ill with a contagious disease, involved in an accident, on school business (up to five hours), or there was a death in the immediate family. More than five hours of absences which include three hours of unexcused absence will result in your being dropped from the course with either a W or an F at my discretion. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 12 class hours, counting each class as 1½ hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course (if possible). I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 5 total absences. If you are dropped for any reason, reinstatement is not guaranteed and will be granted only if a plan for success is presented. Note well: Absences may adversely affect your grade, as outlined above under the topic Course Requirements. A drop from your only Bible course may affect your ability to enroll in the next semester.

Please turn off cell phones before entering class. If you should have wireless service in the classroom, do not use your messaging service on your laptop or PDA. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. Cell phone use for voice or text during a test will result in failure of that test.

XI. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, inform your instructor and your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

XII. Bibliography:

Fee, Gordon D. 1987. The first epistle to the Corinthians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament, ed. F. F. Bruce. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome. 1990. St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology. Reissue edition, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Terry, Ralph Bruce. 1995. A discourse analysis of First Corinthians. Dallas: SIL/UTA.

Thiselton, Anthony C. 2000. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Witherington, Ben, III. 1995. Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

XIII. Course Calendar:

MAJOR EXAM DATES: Exam 1 -- Thursday, February 13, 2014
                  Exam 2 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014
                  Final Exam -- Tuesday, May 6, 2014
                                1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Course Plan

For each week a text is discussed, read the text and the comments by Barrett on the related text before class. Turn in chapter homework at the beginning of each chapter covered.

WEEK ONE: Introduction and Background
 1/14/14 -- Introduction to the Course
                 homework: read Barrett's introduction
 1/16/14 -- Introduction to the Book of I Corinthians

WEEK TWO: Unity
                 homework: read Barrett's and Guthrie's introductions
                           read the text below and related commentary
                           write a two-page introduction to I Corinthians
 1/21/14 -- I Corinthians 1
            Introduction to the Book of II Corinthians
                 homework: write a two-page introduction to II Corinthians
 1/23/14 -- I Corinthians 1 (cont)
            Introduction to the Book of II Corinthians (cont)

WEEK THREE: Unity and Wisdom
                 homework: map(s) of Paul's journeys is due
                           read the text below and related commentary
 1/28/14 -- I Corinthians 2
            II Corinthians 1
 1/30/14 -- I Corinthians 3
            II Corinthians 1 (cont)

WEEK FOUR: Unity
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 2/ 4/14 -- I Corinthians 4:1-17
            II Corinthians 2
 2/ 6/14 -- I Corinthians 4:18-5:13
            II Corinthians 2-3

WEEK FIVE: Fornication and Church Discipline
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 2/11/14 -- I Corinthians 4:18-5:13 (cont)
            II Corinthians 3
                 homework: study for the test
 2/13/14 -- Major Test

WEEK SIX: Lawsuits and Fornication
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 2/18/14 -- I Corinthians 6
            II Corinthians 4
 2/20/14 -- I Corinthians 7
            II Corinthians 4 (cont)

WEEK SEVEN: Marriage and Divorce
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 2/25/14 -- I Corinthians 7 (cont)
            II Corinthians 5
 2/27/14 -- I Corinthians 7 (cont)
            II Corinthians 5 (cont)

WEEK EIGHT: Food offered to Idols
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 3/ 4/14 -- I Corinthians 7 (cont)
            II Corinthians 6
 3/ 6/14 -- I Corinthians 8
            II Corinthians 6 (cont)

SPRING BREAK

WEEK NINE: Food offered to Idols; Missionary Rights
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 3/18/14 -- I Corinthians 9
            II Corinthians 7
 3/20/14 -- I Corinthians 10:1-11:1
            II Corinthians 7 (cont)

WEEK TEN: Head coverings and Women's role
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 3/25/14 -- I Corinthians 11:2-16
            II Corinthians 8
 3/27/14 -- I Corinthians 11:2-16 (cont)
            II Corinthians 8-9

WEEK ELEVEN: The Lord's Supper
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 4/ 1/14 -- I Corinthians 11:17-34
            II Corinthians 9
                 homework: study for the test
 4/ 3/14 -- Major Test

WEEK TWELVE: Spiritual Gifts; Love
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 4/ 8/14 -- I Corinthians 12 or Lectureship
            II Corinthians 10
 4/10/14 -- I Corinthians 12-13
            II Corinthians 10 (cont)
Last Week to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!

WEEK THIRTEEN: Spiritual Gifts
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 4/15/14 -- I Corinthians 13-14
            II Corinthians 11
                 homework: exegesis is due
 4/17/14 -- I Corinthians 14 (cont)
            II Corinthians 11 (cont)

WEEK FOURTEEN: The Resurrection of the Body
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 4/22/14 -- I Corinthians 15
            II Corinthians 12
                 homework: three-page lesson is due
 4/24/14 -- I Corinthians 15 (cont)
            II Corinthians 12 (cont)

WEEK FIFTEEN: Contribution and Conclusion
                 homework: read the text below and related commentary
 4/29/14 -- I Corinthians 15 (cont)
            II Corinthians 13
 5/ 1/14 -- I Corinthians 16
            II Corinthians 13 (cont)
 5/ 2/14 -- dead paper day (last day to turn in any rewrites or late papers)

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
                 homework: study for final exam
 5/ 6/14 -- Final Exam (1:00-2:50pm)

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!

THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE MODIFIED AS THE TEACHER FEELS NECESSARY!


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